Men read on Mars, women read on Venus

Inspired by that writer who dissed Oprah, today\'s Chicago Tribune has an article which looks at the supposed differences in men\'s and women\'s choice of books. The manager of reader services at a suburban PL is quoted.

Of course, the article was printed in the "WomanNews" section, so there probably weren\'t many men who saw it.


CIPA Trial Date Rescheduled for March 2002

The trial date for the Children\'s Internet Protection Act has been rescheduled for March 25, 2002. The original date was February 14. The extension was requested by the federal government. The constitutionality of CIPA is being challenged by the ALA, ACLU, and other interested parties. More


Congressman Issues Warning to Boulder Public Library, et. al.

A U.S. Congressman is issuing a warning to the Boulder Public Library and other publicly funded institutions. Fly the flag, or else. He\'s introducing legislation that would prevent funds from going to any institution or agency that prohibits the display of the American flag. He acknowledges that the bill is likely to fail, but he\'s intent on introducing it anyway. More

Scouts Replace Library Collection Destroyed by Floods

After devastating floods destroyed the collection at the Scarborough Elementary School in Texas, the local Eagle Scouts went into action to replace the library. So far, they\'ve collected over 1,600 books and the donations are still coming in. More


Magic of Reading Goes Beyond HP

Now that reading has again become interesting to kids, Carol Schubert of the Appleton Classical Charter School is suggesting that children be introduced to other forms of literature, including the classics. She\'s compiled an
age-specific list of recommended titles. “Yes, Harry Potter is wonderful. Now look at what else is out there. They don’t just have to read the books that came out yesterday. Read books that have been around for awhile.\" More To visit the Appleton Classical Charter School\'s List of recommended reading, Click Here.


HP Returns to Catholic School

The pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church has had the Harry Potter books put back on the school\'s library shelves, less than a week after they were removed by the school\'s principal. The Reverend is an admitted Potter fan and joined millions of other moviegoers for Potter\'s film debut last weekend. It seems that after some discussion, the school\'s principal sees things differently now. More


ALA Urging Libraries to Apply for E-Rate

ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline, Volume 10, Number 82, November 20, 2001

\"It has come to our attention that many libraries are deciding not to apply for the E-rate in Year 5. Many of these decisions are being made because of the requirements of the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The following are points of information that, taken together, illustrate why this may be a premature decision for these libraries:


The Post-September 11 Environment is maintaining A List of changes in public access to government information since the September 11 terrorist attacks. This list is updated on an ongoing basis. New additions will be posted to the top of the list.


Student book offers twisted history \'coarse\'

Hermit ;-) writes \"Hilarious excerpts from a college professor\'s compilation of \"students\' most egregious mistakes.\" [ _Non Campus Mentis: World History According to College Students_ compiled by Anders Henriksson. Workman Publishing] \"

History, after all, is nothing more than \"the behind of the present,\" according to one student, who aptly added: \"This gives incites from the anals of the past.\"


Harry Potter and the Curse of Junk Science

For The Nando Times, Richard Berman has written an article about how the Center for Science is attacking Coca-Cola for sponsoring the recently released Harry Potter movie. According to Berman, \"Michael Jacobson has clearly never read a Harry Potter novel. If he had, he would know it\'s not wise to pick a fight with Harry.\" The Center for Science has also created a web site at The purpose of the site is to save the boy wizard from the \"grasp\" of the soft drink giant. More


For the Oversized shelves

Business Week\'s round-up of holiday gift suggestions includes a list of coffee-table books on topics ranging from financial markets and the end of the Soviet Union to Tiger Woods and teddy bears.


Women in Canadian Librarianship and Bibliography

The National Library of Canada has a website called Celebrating Women\'s Achievements. In the Women in Canadian Librarianship and Bibliography section, the National Library highlights \"10 women who have made significant contributions to the development of library services and bibliographical research in Canada\".
One of these women was Newfoundland librarian Jessie Mifflen.
Jessie Mifflen\'s mandate was to visit and establish public libraries in various parts of the province. In the early days, her visits were made by dogteam, bush plane, small boat and coastal steamer. Many of her trips took days and, in some cases, weeks. However, when she retired in 1972 more than 50 new libriares had been established throughout the province.
You can read about all ten of these librarians here.

Extreme Distance Learning

Hermit ;-) writes \"The has
a story on Chinese
students getting their degrees through distance education programs offered by colleges here in the states. The programs face considerable but surmountable challenges, one of which is the poor resources available to the students in China, \"\"The libraries are pathetic,\" one professor lamented.\" What\'s amazing is the comparatively staggering costs these students are willing/able to incur for a U.S. education. One of the students \"spent about $12,000 on her education, in a country where households are lucky to make a tenth of that amount in a year.\" Ouch. \"

Questia again cuts its workforce 50% on low growth rate

The Houston Chronicle is Reporting Questia Media cut its workforce in half last week, reducing the number of employees to just 68, down from almost 300, because of lower than expected demand for its online library and research service.

\"We\'re seeing good week-over-week growth but not at an aggressive rate as we anticipated,\" said spokeswoman Ann Brimberry \"Our priorities now are to make the service work as well as we can for subscribers.\"

Props to Gary Price for this one.


First Phalluses Now Female Torso Taken

A sculpture of a female torso has been taken from the same library once displaying the \"phallic art.\" It\'s not known if the two thefts are connected, although in this case the theft was not discovered until 5:30pm, whereas \"El Dildo Bandito,\" was witnessed by other library patrons. Read the story from the Denver Channel.


Fargo, ND Kids Didn\'t Get to See Harry Potter Film

There\'s a controversy brewing in Fargo, ND, and as a result, school students were prevented from attending the Harry Potter movie preview, even though they had parental permission. According to the article, \"the fact that some consider witchcraft a religion, meant that the school-led trip to the movie theater would constitute a violation of the separation of church and state and possibly lead to legal action.\" Rather than be caught in the middle of the controversy, the school canceled the field trip. More


Atwood\'s Blind Assassin Most Popular Nominee for Literary Award

Nominations have closed for the 2002 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The winner will be announced in May, 2002. Of the 123 nominees, 39 were writers from the U.S. The nominations are made by libraries throughout the world. Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year. Last year, the prize was won by Canadian author Alistair McLeod for \"No Great Mischief.\" This year\'s most popular nominee is Margaret Atwood\'s \"The Blind Assassin.\" More
To visit the IMPAC site, Click Here.


U.S. Hearing on Intellectual Property Due Soon

Thanks to Cryptome:

The Federal Trade Commission announces public hearings beginning in January 2002 on ``Competition and Intellectual Property Law and Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy.\'\' The hearings will focus primarily on the implications of
antitrust and patent law and policy for innovation and other aspects of consumer welfare. Copyright and trademark issues as they arise in particular high-tech contexts also may be considered . . .

The knowledge-based economy has grown in economic significance over the past few decades. It is increasingly important that competition and intellectual property law and policy work in tandem to support and encourage ongoing innovation underlying that economy. Policies for both
competition and intellectual property raise legal and economic questions that are substantially interlinked . . .



One Argument Against Offering Coffee: Lawsuits

As if spillage wasn\'t enough . . .

An Owings Mills (MD) coffee company is suing the Howard County Library and the county government for picking the Daily Grind to manage its two library cafes, alleging that the Grind falsified information in its bid proposal and library officials didn\'t properly check into the business.

Straight From Seattle Espresso Inc., which operates 10 sites in Washington and Baltimore, wants the library system to start the bidding over again.

\"You have to play by the rules, and you have to disclose all that\'s asked for,\" said Matthew McCauley, who owns the company with his wife, Ashley . . .

More from the Baltimore Sun.

Comic Relief

Lubbockonline has a Story on how libraries across the country are beginning to build graphic novel collections because of their popularity and high circulation rates.
Is this a case of building circ numbers at any cost? Is a librarians job to circulate more stuff, give people what they want, or take the high road and stick with educational materials only that will enrich and improve peoples lives?

\"But you want to talk about do they circulate? Yes, they do. Every day people check out the display. I have people say to me, \'I wish we had this in my library when I was a kid,\' and that\'s the most gratifying thing for me to hear.\"



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